Through two quarters of action in Week 12 against the Indianapolis Colts, we saw Doug Martin getting things rolling in a big way once again. Martin went into the half with 12 carries for 90 yards. With the potential for a big second half on the horizon, things strangely didn’t work out that way.
Martin wound up with just two carries for seven yards in the second half, and as we know, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers went on to lose 25-12.
So, what gives with the drop in carries for Martin from one half to another? As Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times reports, Martin said it was just "how it plays out."
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"That’s how it plays out," Martin told the Tampa Bay Times. "It’s Coach’s call. It’s just how it played out."
As Auman points out, there were multiple sacks and penalties that left the Buccaneers in tough situations where they had to pass.
Regardless, keeping Martin involved seems like a smart move, especially in a close game like what we saw in Week 12. Expect Martin to see plenty of touches in Week 13 against the Atlanta Falcons.